Blackstone Tek congratulates Brad Binder who  became the first South African Motorcycle Grand Prix world champion in 36 years, when he closed out the Moto3 title with four rounds still to go. The 21-year-old finished second in his race to wrap things up.

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Brad Binder’s nickname is Bradical, a moniker he’ll be expected to live up to in as he takes on the Moto3 World Championship with the Red Bull KTM Ajo team.

South African Brad started out in karts and was national champion aged just eight. Looking for a new challenge he moved on to two wheels at 10 years old, and hasn’t looked back since.

After rapid progress on motorcycles in his native South Africa, Brad was accepted into the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup for 2009, and his talent shone enough over the next few seasons.

In 2011 he was drafted into the RW Racing team in the 125cc World Championship as a replacement for the injured Luis Salom. Brad’s displays and professional approach impressed the team, and he earned a full time Moto3 ride with them for 2012.

In 2013 he rode a Mahindra and made excellent progress, and went on to score two podiums the following season, with his performances catching the attention of a number of top teams in the paddock.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo set-up were able to beat off the competition to earn Brad’s signature, and his adventure with the three-time championship-winning outfit brought him four podiums in 2015.

2016 quickly saw a maiden victory for Brad at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España in April.